Suze Morrison MPP, Toronto Centre

Government of Ontario

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  • published Stop Handguns at the Source in Take Action 2021-11-18 12:42:37 -0500

    Stop Handguns at the Source

    WHEREAS thousands of families across Ontario have mourned loved ones tragically and needlessly lost to gun violence.

    WHEREAS there are many innocent victims whose lives will never be the same, who have suffered life-long injuries or deep emotional trauma, because of illegal guns on our streets.

    WHEREAS this bill would help save families and victims the anguish and life-altering impact of gun violence by giving Ontario more tools and power to stop the flow of illegal guns from the source.

    WHEREAS the bill requires Ontario’s Attorney General to investigate and initiate legal action against American gun manufacturers who are alleged to be facilitating the flow of handguns out of the United States into Canada. The Attorney General would be required to consult with experts and affected communities to develop a legal strategy to stop the entry and sales of illegal handguns in Ontario.

    WHEREAS this bill is just one part of a larger strategy to address gun violence and its root causes, especially poverty, systemic racism, and lack of opportunity for young people.

    47 signatures

    THEREFORE WE, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to support MPP Peter Tabuns Stopping Handguns at the Source Act.

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  • published Affirming Healthcare in Take Action 2021-10-19 09:55:03 -0400

    Support the Gender Affirming Healthcare Act

    TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:

    Whereas two-spirit, transgender, non-binary, gender diverse, and intersex communities face significant challenges to accessing health care services that are friendly, competent, and affirming in Ontario; 

    Whereas everyone deserves access to health care, and they shouldn’t have to fight for it, shouldn’t have to wait for it, and should never receive less care or support because of who they are; 

    Whereas gender affirming care is life saving care;

    119 signatures

    THEREFORE WE, the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to support MPP Suze Morrison’s private member’s bill The Gender Affirming Health Care Advisory Committee Act to improve access to and coverage for gender affirming health care in Ontario.

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  • published CWletter in COVID-19 Information 2021-10-08 16:28:00 -0400

  • published FOAGLetter in COVID-19 Information 2021-10-08 16:23:55 -0400

  • published Hospital Safety Zones in Take Action 2021-09-15 15:19:42 -0400

    Hospital Safety Zones

    TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:

    Whereas healthcare workers and Ontarians deserve to be safe.

    Whereas frontline workers and businesses enforcing public health measures deserve to be safe.

    46 signatures

    Therefore, we the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

    Recall the legislature immediately to pass legislation enacting MPP Andrea Horwath's proposed Safety Zones around hospitals and small businesses, and protect people from anti-public health harassment.

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  • Make National Truth and Reconciliation Day a Stat

    TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:

    Whereas over the past year, the graves of more than 1,300 Indigenous children have been discovered at former residential school sites. We mourned together, grieved together, and faced the truth together: that all Indigenous Peoples living in Canada are survivors of Canada’s tools of genocide.

    Whereas declaring September 30 the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is one of the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

    Whereas making September 30th a provincial statutory holiday is a way to keep this work on the front burner, to convey the gravity of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and to make sure the precious children that were taken from their parents, their families, their communities are never, ever forgotten.

    Resources to learn more:

    Final Outcome Report of the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, 2-Spirit, and Girls here.

    Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action here.

    59 signatures

    Therefore, we the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

    Ontario should make September 30th, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a statutory day off.

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  • published Respect Policy 2021-08-09 16:36:27 -0400

  • published Respect Policy 2021-08-09 16:28:59 -0400

  • published Keep Cool in Tenant Rights 2021-07-23 10:57:10 -0400

    Keep Cool

    Add your name to our public letter below & demand protections for renters from extreme heat!

    Minister Steve Clark
    Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
    17th Floor, 777 Bay St.
    Toronto, ON M5G 2E5

    July 15, 2021

    Re: Renters deserve protection against unsafe heat in their homes

    Dear Honourable Steve Clark, 

    Tenants deserve to have safe and comfortable homes where their right to reasonable enjoyment of their tenancy is protected.  That is why we are calling on the Ford Government to take legislative action to ensure tenants can stay safe and comfortable in their homes during the hottest months of the year.  

    In Ontario, heating is considered a vital service, and landlords are mandated to maintain a minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius in every unit from the 1st of September until the 15th of June. Right now, the Residential Tenancies Act does not put any limits on the maximum temperature allowed within residential units, and because of this gap tenants are subjected to inside temperatures that clearly exceed what is considered comfortable or even safe in the hotter months of the year. Additionally, some tenants are being harassed by their landlord or threatened with eviction for using window air conditioning units to stay safe and comfortable.

    As the threat of climate change escalates, the need to establish fair protections from hot temperatures for renters is paramount. The evidence is clear that climate change is increasing the frequency, intensity, and duration of heatwaves. Last month’s devastating and shocking heatwave in British Columbia contributed to 777 deaths, and the 2018 heatwave in Quebec led to 79 deaths. Heat kills. The people most susceptible to dying in extreme heatwaves are the elderly, people with underlying health conditions, mental illness or addiction who live alone in non-airconditioned apartments. 

    That is why we are calling for the government to move forward with: 

    • Working with public health units to establish a provincial maximum temperature to ensure rental units are safe, and a tenants’ right to a reasonable enjoyment of their unit is maintained. Many jurisdictions have ruled that 26 degrees is a fair maximum temperature standard, including Toronto, Mississauga, and Ajax.
    • Enshrining in the Residential Tenancies Act a tenants’ right to safely use window air conditioning units in accordance with all bylaws.
    • Protection for tenants against landlord harassment, including repeated threats to evict tenants for safely using window air conditioning units in accordance with all bylaws.
    • Upgrading Ontario’s building code and investing in a green jobs retrofit program to make housing more green and energy-efficient, including community housing and purpose-built rental buildings, while not burdening tenants with unfair rent hikes.
    • Partnering with municipalities to grow urban forests to reduce the heat island effect and lower temperatures in towns and cities. 

    Practical short-term and long-term solutions are needed now. It is our hope this letter serves to help your ministry better support the health and safety of all residents of Ontario. I am available for a meeting to discuss this important issue in greater detail. 

    We look forward to hearing your response to this matter. 

    Sincerely, 

    Jessica Bell
    MPP, University–Rosedale
    Official Opposition Critic, Housing, Tenant Rights, and Urban Planning

    Suze Morrison
    MPP, Toronto-Centre


  • published Safe September in COVID-19 Information 2021-07-08 08:31:05 -0400

    Safe September

    TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:

    Whereas families are burnt out and children are struggling with poor mental health after more than a year of disruptions and uncertainty;

    Whereas the current and previous governments made cuts to education and ignored the school repair backlog;

    10 signatures

     

    Therefore, we the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to cancel the $800 million cut to education and create a safe return to school plan that includes:

    • A classroom cap of 15
    • Upgrades to ventilation systems to meet the latest standards and science on airborne transmission of COVID
    • More classrooms supports for kids with special needs or learning challenges
    • In-school mental health and wellness supports

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  • published Shop Local in COVID-19 Information 2021-04-23 16:01:27 -0400

    Shop Local

    My office frequently hears from small businesses that are struggling to get by during the pandemic and worry about surviving the latest stay-at-home order. It’s been heartbreaking to see many local businesses close because of the lack of government support during these difficult times.In an effort to promote shopping local whenever possible, my team and I are delivering “I Shop Local” signs to you at no cost. We only ask that you put the sign in a highly visible location & send us a photo so we can share to show your support!

    Request a "Shop Local" window sign here

    https://youtu.be/-SFbUh-LA24

    I understand that many businesses are having difficulty navigating the Ontario Small Business Grant (OSBSG). It shouldn’t have to be this way. I am calling on the government to release the funds they promised to small businesses immediately, and to fix the program to ensure all of our small businesses have the support they need to stay afloat.  Share your story and feedback using the feedback form below. I will bring your stories to the Ministry and fight for more support for small businesses.

     

     

     Running a store through covid has been hard.  When the Ontario Government announced the grant program I was happy. The only problem is that I had a fire that destroyed my store on March 20th of 2019 — so my April numbers were bad. I assumed that having been in business since 2008 I'd be able to talk to someone and work something out. So I applied. I heard nothing. Eventually the check in page said I was declined. So I laid out my case and appealed. I got a form letter back. No indication they had considered anything. Just you failed to show a loss.  My account still says not eligible when I check online. The only one who will get back to me is my MPP's office. The stress of having no safety net left after the previous two lockdowns is hard to carry. I am really hoping to receive some support to get through this third one.  Local Toronto Centre Business

     

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  • published Vaccines 2021-04-18 13:39:05 -0400

    Vaccines

    Things are changing quickly. We would recommend that you sign up on this page so that we can keep you updated as the situation on the ground changes.

    Looking for information on where to book your vaccine appointment? Scroll down for helpful links and resources to book your vaccine appointments. 

    If you live in Toronto Centre, here are some helpful links on access to the COVID-19 vaccine:

    Second dose appointments for individuals 18+: 

    • Please Note: Availability of second dose appointments may vary based on vaccine supply.
    • Starting on Monday June 14, residents in Toronto who received their first Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine dose on or before May 9 can book their second dose. 
    • Individuals 70 years and older, as well as anyone who had a first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) on or before April 18, can book earlier appointment for their second shot.
    • When you become eligible for your second dose: 
      • Second dose appointments can be rebooked through the provincial booking system and through pharmacies.
      • Second dose appointments can also be booked (without a first appointment) in the provincial booking system.
      • The clinic or pharmacy where you received your first dose will contact you to reschedule your second dose appointment. 
    • High-risk health care workers, dialysis patients, Individuals 80 and over, and all First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals are already eligible to receive a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier than the previously recommended four-month interval. 
    • Please find more information about how and when you can book your second dose here

    Second dose AstraZeneca appointments: 

    • If your first dose was the AstraZeneca vaccine, for your second dose you can choose to receive either:

      • a second dose of AstraZeneca
      • one of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna)
    • You can get either of these options:

      • at least 8 weeks after your first dose
      • at a participating pharmacy or primary care setting
    • Find a full list of pharmacies offering AstraZeneca, Pfizer, or Moderna vaccines here.
    • Please note: Not all pharmacies that offered first dose AstraZeneca vaccines are currently administering second doses. If you have not already been contacted by your pharmacy to book a second dose, please continue to check with participating pharmacies about the availability of appointments.

    First dose vaccine appointment options for individuals aged 18+

    First dose vaccine appointment options for individuals aged 12-17: 

    Still have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccine rollout? You can also listen to my telephone townhall with Toronto Centre doctor Dr. Suzanne Shoush here.

    Sign up below to receive email updates about vaccine eligibility and booking options: 

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  • published April 15, 2021 Update in COVID-19 Information 2021-04-15 18:45:07 -0400

    April 15, 2021 Update

    Hello friends, 

     

    There is so much information swirling around right now and I wanted to give you a quick update. 

     

    Vaccinations Appointments:

    Unity Health just shared that they are not booking any new appointments at their sites until April 25th.

    This is due to the delay in delivery of Moderna vaccines. The affected vaccination clinics are St Michael’s Hospital and St. Joseph's. You can read this here: https://unityhealth.to/covid-19-vaccination-at-unity-health/

    If you ALREADY have an appointment at one of these sites I have been assured that it will not be cancelled, but it may be rescheduled due to clinic hours changes. 

    If you have a booking or are trying to book at a site that is not a Unity Health site, I have not heard that they are being affected, but keep your eyes out for updates. 

     

    Vaccine Supply: 

    I just met with Councillor Joe Cressy, Chair of the City of Toronto’s Board of Health. He shared some great insights about Toronto’s vaccine supply. 

     

    Despite expanding access for all adults in hotspot postal codes, the province did not increase vaccine shipments to Toronto to allow clinics to expand the number of appointments

     

    Councillor Cressy shared that the combined forces of Toronto Public Health and their hospital/healthcare partners have the capacity to administer 500,000 doses a week and run many of their vaccination clinics 24 hours a day, but they only receive 100,000 doses per week. 

     

    The main vaccine registration sites:

     

    You can help Pop-Up Site Staff:

    Local pop-up sites are booking spots as quickly as they can with a limited supply. If you cannot see spots online, it is likely because spots are filled. You can help workers by using email and avoiding phone-calls to sites if you have internet access and your question is not urgent. Don't be shy about calling if you have an urgent question though!

    Staff at pop up sites are trying to reach the people with the most barriers and are having their voicemail avoidibly filled. Please try to help them prioritize vaccinating everyone equitably. I will keep advocating for more funding for the vaccine roll-out.

     

     

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  • published Vaccinate Essential Workers in Vaccines 2021-04-07 14:47:09 -0400

    Vaccinate Essential Workers

    Essential workers are at risk.

     

    If we don’t get shots into the arms of at-risk essential workers, there will be more outbreaks, and ICUs will continue to be overwhelmed.

    Ontario needs an equitable vaccine roll-out the prioritizes essential workers.

    162 signatures

    Therefore we, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to stop the spread of COVID-19 by prioritizing at-risk workers for vaccination, implementing paid sick days and paid time off to get vaccines, and providing on-site testing and on-site mobile vaccination clinics for essential workers.

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  • published Mental Health Resources in COVID-19 Information 2021-03-12 17:07:10 -0500

    Mental Health Resources

    It's okay to not feel okay. Here are some local mental health resources that can help connect you to publicly funded counselling and mental health support services:

    Neighbourhood-Based Mental Health Services

    Mental Health Crisis Services

     Youth Mental Health

    Indigenous Mental Health

    Community-Based Mental Health Support Services

    Harm Reduction Focused Mental Health Services

    Culturally Responsive Mental Health


  • February 26, 2021 Newsletter: Update About Vaccines

    Dear Ben,

    As you may have heard, more information has been released this week about the vaccine rollout, but it still leaves us with a lot of questions.

    Here is what we know so far:

    • The government has asked each of the 34 public health units to come up with their own vaccination plan for their region. This plan can contain a mixed delivery model that includes large vaccination sites (like the one planned for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre), pharmacies, community centres, and potentially doctors’ offices.
    • Individuals will be able to book their vaccinations online or over the phone, though we will not have those links or phone numbers until closer to March 15th.   
    • Starting on March 15th, individuals living in the community who are 80 years old and older will be able to sign up to get vaccinated.
    • Every few weeks, people from a lower age cohorts will be eligible to book their vaccinations. These dates are all contingent on the process going smoothly and on a steady supply of vaccines, so they may change, but for right now the plan is:
      • April 15th – Ages 75 and up
      • May 1st – Ages 70 and up
      • June 1st – Ages 65 and up
      • July 1st – Ages 60 and up
    • We are still waiting on more information about exactly when younger individuals with chronic conditions and their caregivers, congregate care residents, and other high-risk populations will be eligible. Members of these groups are listed as being part of Phase 2 of the vaccination rollout (April to August), but we do not yet have clear information about when these folks can book their vaccinations.
    • Some essential frontline workers may be able to book their vaccinations in May, but we are still waiting for more details for this group as well.

    I wish that we had more information to share with you. It is so frustrating that we have had to wait so long for this limited information.

    Ontario is still lagging behind the rest of the country when it comes to our vaccine rollout, even though we have the largest number of active COVID cases. We need to get out ahead of the spread of COVID-19 variants now. 

    Please know that we are watching closely for more news and pushing the government for updates.

    Here are some links to information about the vaccination plan, if you would like to read more:

    I will continue providing you with relevant updates as they become available. Remember that you can always reach out to my office by phone at 416-972-7683 or by email at [email protected]

    Take care,

    Suze

    MPP Suze Morrison



  • Ontario needs a Vaccine Equity Strategy

    Whereas Ontarians deserve a transparent, equitable process for the vaccine rollout plan;

    Whereas people are waiting anxiously and have no idea when they or a loved one who is at risk will finally get the life-saving shot;

    Whereas adults with serious underlying conditions and people living in areas disproportionately impacted by the pandemic are at grave risk;

    60 signatures

    Therefore we, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to call on the provincial government to adopt an Equity Strategy for getting resources, including vaccines, into the hardest-hit communities.

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  • published Save the Foundry! in COVID-19 Information 2021-02-25 14:22:58 -0500